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We would like to thank you for bringing the Ceilidh Trail back to Kinlochewe again this year. We had a fantastic night last night and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. We even had some customers who brought their own instruments and joined in.
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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2017


James  D MacKenzie James D MacKenzie
James is from the village of Back in the Isle of Lewis. He began playing the pipes at the age of 8 and went on to compete successfully in junior solo piping competitions throughout Scotland. After leaving School, James studied traditional music at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Benbecula College. It was there where he took a great interest in playing flute under the guidance of Iain Macdonald (Glenuig). After a year in Benbecula, he made his move from the Hebrides to Glasgow where he has recently completed a BA(Hons) in Scottish Music, specializing in Piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. James played with the Scottish Power pipeband for two years during his studies in Glasgow. He has played and toured with several folk bands over the last few years with performances across Europe, Canada, USA and Australia. He joins Breabach in 2011 taking over the flute playing and piping duties of Donal Brown.
Cheyenne Brown Cheyenne Brown
Originally from Alaska, Cheyenne Brown has been based in Scotland for the last 15 years after completing her Honours degree in Scottish music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD - now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Since then, she has also completed an MSc in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh, focussing on the development of the construction of the Scottish harp since its revival in the 1930s through to today’s modern builders. Alongside her academic endeavours, Cheyenne is also an experienced performing artist and teacher. She released an album earlier this year with Alaskan fiddler Tory Dugan and another with 7-piece band Homeland. Now based in the Highlands, Cheyenne is in high demand as a teacher and has taught at multiple events in the US, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany as well as in the UK.
John Carmichael John Carmichael
John Carmichael is one of the great characters of the Scottish music scene and one of the music’s most dedicated advocates. Former Scottish accordion champion, he has been musical director for and toured with many of Scotland's top artists including Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth MacKellar, Calum Kennedy and others. He has produced, presented and performed many times on STV, BBC Radio and Television, CBC Canada and many others (over 200 TV shows with his band and as a solo artist). John's long and illustrious career was marked in 2008 when he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. This accolade is reserved for the small number of outstanding performers which have truly shaped the profile of Scottish music over the decades. John was recognised for his wide-ranging expertise as a musician, performer, bandleader, television producer, accordion teacher and competition adjudicator. John continues to be one of the busiest and most popular band leaders and entertainers in the country for all things Scottish. John's reputation for being able to 'call' dances is second to none.
Steve Fivey Steve Fivey
Steve is originally from Denny near Falkirk and started playing snare drum in The Denny & Dunipace Pipe Band aged 12. He went on to start playing drum kit at 16 and studied percussion at the esteemed Jewel & Esk Valley College in Edinburgh. Since then he has played throughout Scotland with various bands and for a number of famous folk – including Prince Charles and at Billy Connolly’s birthday party! He has developed a reputation as an excellent tutor and as well as teaching at previous Fèisean he has also taught at the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin and at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music.
Mairearad Green Mairearad Green
We are delighted that long-time Fèis Rois participant and supporter Mairead Green is returning to teach at this year’s Senior Fèis. Originally from the Wester Ross village of Achiltibuie, Mairearad was introduced to folk music at an early age and has become well known within the scene, especially for her popular duo with multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie. She’s also well respected as a composer, with her tunes Maggie West’s and Dram Behind the Curtain being session regulars. Earlier this year, Mairearad released a new album, ‘Summer Isles’, which also featured Fife musician King Creosote (Kenny Anderson), to rave reviews.
Megan Henderson Megan Henderson
Megan Henderson hails from Fort William in Lochaber. Coming from a musical family, she first began playing violin at the age of four. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays piano, accordion and is also a vocalist. From a young age, she has been involved with the Feisean movement, receiving invaluable experience playing with bands on a global scale at festivals including ‘Celtic Colours’, Canada, ‘Celtic Connections’, Scotland and ‘Blas’, Scotland. From this she also received tuition from some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians. Megan moved to Glasgow in 2007 to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to undertake the strings Bmus Hons degree. She currently plays with “Salsa Celtica” and newly formed band “Kristan Harvey and the Sanna”. She is the most recent addition to Breabach bringing fiddle, vocals and step-dance.
Lauren MacColl Lauren MacColl
Since winning the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2005, Lauren MacColl has gone from strength to strength fronting her trio The MacCollective. Their debut record was voted one of Celtic Connections 'Classic Albums' in 2008. The new album 'Strewn with Ribbons' was launched in January 2009. While completing her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Lauren received a Dewar Arts Award to fund the recording of her debut album, 'When Leaves Fall' released to critical acclaim on her own label in March 2007. Taught through the summer schools of the Fèisean movement in Ross-shire, Lauren was immersed in the rich and vibrant culture of her home area whilst brought up on a staple diet of Phil and Aly tapes.
Katie Mackenzie Katie Mackenzie
Katie is a singer and harp player from Dingwall, Highlands. She attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) where she studied on the BA Scottish Music course, specialising in Gaelic song and clarsach. She released 'The Lassies Reply' with duo Pur in 2010. The album, which features the songs of Robert Burns in both Scots and Gaelic, was nominated for Album of the Year 2010 at the Scots Trad Awards. Katie is an experienced music tutor having taught a various Feisean throughout Scotland.
Hamish Napier Hamish Napier
Hello! I’m Hamish. My job is playing piano, keyboards, flutes, whistles and singing. I grew up in Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands, I moved down to Glasgow to immerse myself in its famously vibrant music scene, as I studied a degree in Astronomy & Physics, and then a degree in Music at universities there. I was then awarded a scholarship to study for a year at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, USA. I teach composition, music theory and wooden flute at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and at music schools and festivals worldwide. I also toured in Europe and North America with award-winning Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon. Currently I play in a dare-devil duo called Nae Plans with fiddler Adam Sutherland, involving completely unplanned, off-the-cuff performances. I also play with ace piper and vocalist Jarlath Henderson. I’ve recorded with leading Scottish musicians such as: Donald Shaw, Karen Matheson, Martyn Bennett, Duncan Chisholm, Treacherous Orchestra, Battlefield Band and Eddi Reader and have collaborated with many of the UK’s finest folk musicians for festivals, national TV & radio.
Barry Reid Barry Reid
A highly talented and experienced guitarist, both on electric and acoustic guitars, with years of gigging experience at festivals and venues all over the UK, Europe and the US. The list of bands include The ‘Treacherous Orchestra’, new electronic music band ‘Halcyon’, Lauren MacColl’s ‘The MacCollective’ and Scottish folk fusion group ‘Croft No. Five’. As well as his band performances, Barry works on his solo music career under the name of ‘Spad’ and mixes organic/electronic textures and beats with Scottish instruments and vocals, to create his own new musical style that is already becoming very popular. As well as being a performing musician, Barry also spends much of his time as a recording engineer and producer and has recorded many albums with the top musicians of the Scottish music scene.
Kim Richards Kim Richards
Kim Richards is a visual artist and musician from Ullapool. She was a pupil at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton and whilst there she immersed herself in music with tuition on whistles, piano and singing. After completing a BA in Visual Communication and her Educational Diploma in Glasgow, Kim worked as an art teacher in both secondary and primary schools in the central belt. Now, having returned to the Highlands, Kim delivers music education in a number of schools as part of the YMI programme and continues to teach art as well as producing her own beautiful illustrations. She hopes to release an EP of her songs next year.
Ewan Robertson Ewan Robertson
Ewan Robertson hails from Carrbridge in Strathspey. He was introduced to traditional music at an early age and began learning fiddle and chanter at the age of seven, studying both at school and privately, and through the local Fèis movement which provided him with the opportunity to perform with other young musicians and learn from those who inspired him. Ewan was accepted into the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music in Scotland in 2000 where he studied fiddle and pipes. A shortage of accompanists at the school, however, led Ewan to experimenting with the guitar. He then used the vibrant Glasgow session scene to develop a very driving style of guitar accompaniment. Ewan helped to form the band Breabach, who won a Danny Award at Celtic Connections in 2005, and were nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. More recently Ewan became the first singer / guitarist to win the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award.
Sally Simpson Sally Simpson
Sally Simpson, a fiddle player from Edinburgh, graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a past student of the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and Sweden’s Royal Music College, Stockholm. She is passionate about playing and teaching Scottish folk music traditions, as well as developing her knowledge of Swedish folk music and has a number of interesting collaborative projects with various musicians and other art forms.
Innes White Innes White
Innes White is a guitar player who studied at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music. An accomplished musician and tutor, he has taught at various Fèisean across Scotland and performs regularly across Scotland and internationally.
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